Spring is here. Our days are already getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and our kids are itching to get out. As we gear up and get ready for Spring, here are 6 fun activities to do with your kids in Santa Clarita while taking advantage of the good weather.
Ride the ponies at Gilchrist Farm
Gilchrist Farm has something for kids of all ages. Smaller kids can ride a pony or pet goats, ducks, chickens, pigs, sheep, and bunnies. Older kids can learn to shoot archery and throw axes or go on a guided horseback ride. And the whole family can take a wagon ride pulled by a tractor to see every corner of the farm. And don’t miss their Spring Fling and Egg Hunt on April 2, 3, 9, 10 & 16! Families can make spring crafts, ride the giant slide, hunt for eggs, take pictures with the Easter Bunny, and enjoy baby animals - goats, chicks, piglets and more. We hope you’ll come on the 16th and visit Otter’s booth! We’ll have some giveaways and other fun surprises planned!
Hug and pet animals at The Gentle Barn
The Gentle Barn is a six-acre property in Santa Clarita complete with large horse and cow pastures, a red and white barnyard for smaller animals, an organic vegetable garden, and a panoramic view of the beautiful Sierra Pelona mountains. Founded in 1999 by Ellie Laks, the Gentle Barn rescues animals and provides therapy and healing to children by telling the animals’ stories. The Gentle Barn features 170 rescued animals and hosts private events, field trips, and tours during the week, and opens its gates to the public every Sunday (by reservation only). Tickets are $22 for adults, $12 for kids, and free for kids under 2 and can be purchased here. Go hug the cows, give the pigs tummy rubs, cuddle the turkeys, and enjoy a beautiful day at the Gentle Barn!
Take a family hike through the Placerita Nature Center
The Placerita Nature Center is an east-west running canyon with lots of interesting animal and plant communities. For history-lovers, it is also home to the “Oak of the Golden Dream'' — the site of the original gold discovery in California in 1842.
The Center has lots of family activities this spring. You can take a family nature walk at 11 AM every Saturday to learn more about the local wildlife. If you want to stay indoors with the little ones, they also offer “Placerita Nature Tots'' for children 3 - 6 years old via Zoom on the second Saturday of each month at 10 AM. The big event of the Spring is their Open House on May 14th which is perfect for the whole family: they’ll have crafts & games, “fools” gold panning, animal presentations, caricatures, music, and much more. This is a can’t-miss event in Santa Clarita this spring!
Watch as your kids race down the rainbow wave slide at Billy Beez
Located in Valencia, Billy Beez is an indoor play park for kids of all ages. With over 20,000 square feet of slides, sports courts, towers, ball blasters, and high-flying trampolines, there is something for every one of your kids. The rainbow wave slide and ballistics arena are great for middle school-aged kids while older children can work on their game in the basketball and soccer arenas, and infants can enjoy the Mini Beez Zone. Entry is $17.95 for children ages 1-17, $9.95 for ages 0 - 11 months (free with another paid child!), and $3.95 for adults. If you expect to be a Billy Beez regular, their mega 10-pack is a great deal at $160, saving up to $59 and providing 1 free adult entry per visit. Grab a few of your friends and let the kids run around while you take a break and catch up!
Introduce your kids to the world of comics at Brave New World Comics
Just off Lyons Avenue is Brave New World Comics, a family-friendly comic book store with all of the classics and new releases from Batman to Star Wars to Dune. Brave New World Comics is your one-stop-shop for comic book subscriptions, signings, and events. With a large children's collection, Brave New World Comics has something age appropriate for every kiddo. Pre-pandemic, Brave New World hosted regular children’s storytime readings — watch @bnwcomics on Instagram as these are rumored to be coming back this spring!
Enjoy live music at Impulse Music Company
Impulse Music Company is a music academy and instrument boutique located off of Soledad Canyon Road. If your kids have been thinking about learning an instrument, this is the place to take them. Impulse Music Room has thousands of products and lessons for all ages available 7 days a week, both online and in-person. If you choose to do in-person, they have 10 lesson rooms equipped for guitar, piano and keyboard, and drums. In addition to lessons, on the 3rd Sunday of each month, they host Impulse Blues Jams, a free family-friendly jam session for performers of all ages. Whether your kids are interested in showing off their skills or just watching, Impulse Blues Jams is the spot to see Santa Clarita’s latest up-and-coming local artists. All are welcome including bands and solo players, as well as all genres. Just sign up at the door at the start of the night to perform!
Support local families and ring in Summer at Newhall Marketplace
Newhall Marketplace is an annual community event to fundraise for local families in need by bringing together artists, crafters, and other vendors for a fun-filled event. While it only got started in 2021, Newhall Marketplace is already the most-anticipated “Hello Summer” event in Santa Clarita. The 2021 event took place in October and featured 50+ vendors, food trucks, and donation bins for the Santa Clarita Food Pantry. This year’s event takes place on June 5th from 10 AM - 4 PM at the Newhall Community Center and will feature vendors in jewelry, candles, and much more. Bring the kiddos, support local families and artists, and enjoy that summer weather!